Marathon running is gaining momentum as there is a 5.9% growth in the number of marathon finishers over 2004, as reported in USA Marathoning: 2005 overview. The page also shows how the gender divide is reducing in the past few years. Silicon Valley Marathon does not have enough participants to qualify for this report. But San Francisco Marathon (running later this year) is ranked 18th with a growth of 82.9% over year 2004. The average time to finish the marathon in my age range is 4:25:28 so I’m above average comparing my finish time (4:06:57) from last year. The month of October (same month for Silicon Valley) accounted for more than one-quarter of all marathon finishes.
A prelim report on 2006 at marathonguide.com also shows a similar trend in terms of growth: approximately 397,000 marathon finishes, 3.7% increase over 2005. A more detailed report is expected later this month and I’ll post a link when it’s available.
I ran my first marathon last year and so eagerly waiting for complete 2006 statistics.